Mainstreaming BioDiversity

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Biodiversity conservation is vital for achieving sustainable economic development and needs to be mainstreamed into and across all sectors.Ecosystems and the services they provide are fundamental for all life on earth and critical for human existence. Healthy ecosystems ensure quality life – providing clean air, freshwater, and soils for our inherent survival. 

Through multi-stakeholder dialogue, mainstreaming biodiversity commitments into Guyana’s economic sectors will soon be taken into account with the support of the new BIODEV 2030 project. The Project: Biodev2030 Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Economic Sectors (BIODEV2030), financially supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) and coordinated by Expertise France, through WWF.  The project is global pilot which is run in 16 countries and aims to address the biodiversity crisis through research and updating the science that underpins decision making on biodiversity; supporting private sector commitment and actions for biodiversity; and developing a global apex target for biodiversity.

The project also seeks to understand the “footprint” of production and consumption – that is accounting for all aspects of pressure on the natural systems and addressing these impacts, bringing them within safe boundaries by 2030.

 

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MAINSTREAMING BIODIVERSITY 

Mainstreaming Biodiversity is generally understood as ensuring that biodiversity, and the services it provides, are appropriately and adequately factored into policies and practices that rely and have an impact on it. In addition, mainstreaming biodiversity means to integrate all impacts on and dependencies to biodiversity along the production lines and value chains.

Empowering governments together with the private sector and civil society, to jointly identify and engage transformational changes in economic sectors which are strategic for national development and significantly impact biodiversity in Guyana.

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A Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and Science-Based Assessment Approach

The Project will adopt a 3D approach Diagnosis, Dialogue and Dissemination

Diagnosis and science: The project will use diagnosis and science to assess the threats to biodiversity at the national level; Estimate the potential threat reduction measures of key economic sectors, and to identify priorities for biodiversity conservation and sustainable management at both the sectoral and national levels.

Dialogue with stakeholders: Multiple stakeholders will be invited to engage in dialogues with the overall goal of sharing a common vision and set voluntary commitments involving key economic sectors, to support national commitments for the global Post-2020 Agenda. Additionally, dialogues will encourage the upscaling of sectoral commitments into national and supranational engagements and integrate the sectoral commitments into the national biodiversity strategies and action plans.

Dissemination and inclusion: Create a community of practice by disseminating learnings, sharing experience and discussing the process and the methodology with other countries; Facilitate of national and regional workshops.